Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Environment Watch: Villagers want legal protection for forest

The Jakarta Post, Jon Afrizal, Jambi | Fri, 05/07/2010 10:14 AM

People from Marga Bukit Bulan in Jambi are seeking legal guarantees in the form of a regional law to protect their forest as the source of their livelihood.

The Marga Bukit Bulan community is made up of residents in five villages in Limun district, Sarolangun regency: Lubuk Bedorong, Mersip, Napal Melintang, Berkun and Meribung.

The valley area is dominated by hills and intact tracts of forest that serve as water catchment areas.

Because the forest is indispensable for residents, it is classified a traditional forest. There are 12 tracts of traditional forest encompassing the five villages with a total area of 1,488 hectares.

Villagers use water from the forest for daily household needs and to irrigate rice fields.

The District Development Program (PPK) set up a micro-hydro power station a few years to generate electricity for Napal Melintang villagers using the water from upstream forest areas, which is dammed and redirected to micro-hydro generator turbines to produce 30,000 watts of power.

The power is distributed to residents’ homes, where 110 of the 135 families now have electricity.

Each family is charged Rp 5,000 (about 50 US cents) per month for every 10-watt lamp. The money generated is used for public works, such as repairing the mosque.

Village head Yanto praised the electricity generation project, saying it “freed the villagers from darkness”.

“We are optimizing the use of water in our daily lives,” he said.

Villagers also use the rivers to breed fish.

The larvae are kept in a deep pool in a stream at Lubuk Bedorong village. Sarolangun regency administration says 10,000 larvae could yield hundreds of kilograms of fish twice a year.

With the Marga Bukit Bulan community becoming increasingly dependent on the forest, community development specialist Dendi Satria Buana sees the need for legal guarantee to protect the forest.

The status of the traditional forest has only been recognized through a village decree, which Dendi claims is not enough.

“We must push for the establishment of a legal framework to protect the traditional forest,” he said, adding the forest served a hydrological function by providing clean water that could be used by the community. With clear legal protection, the water source will be preserved and the forest will remain intact and pristine, he said.

Sarolangun Regent Hasan Basri Agus said his concern for the villagers’ welfare led him to push for a regency bylaw pending the issuance of a provincial ordinance on traditional forests.

Water from the upstream areas is dammed and redirected to micro-hydro generator turbines to produce 30,000 watts of power.

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